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Fox & Friends Airs Misleading Footage To Suggest Al Sharpton Led Protesters Calling For “Dead Cops”

Make no mistake here, I am not an Al Sharpton fan, but this blatant misrepresentation of the facts is very dangerous territory but Fox News has done it for years with impunity.

Media Matters

Fox’s Clayton Morris: Al Sharpton Is “Calling To Kill Cops”

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But the footage of protesters chanting anti-police slogans was not from Sharpton’s December 13 march, whichThe Washington Post described as a “peaceful civil rights march led by families of the slain and organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network.”

In a later segment flagged by liberal news site Raw Story, Fox sandwiched — without explanation — a clip of the “dead cops” chant in between two clips of Sharpton speaking at the “Justice for All” rally, conflating the two events.

Although an on-screen graphic identified the “dead cop” chant as coming from the New York City protest, co-host Tucker Carlson strongly implied that all the footage shown was from Sharpton’s event, stating, “Huh. So the first clip you heard people are saying, ‘We want the cops dead.’ And the second you heard Al Sharpton say ‘We’re not against the police.'”

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Co-host Clayton Morris later questioned Sharpton’s claim not to oppose law enforcement and suggested that Sharpton was “calling to kill cops.”

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MORRIS: But Al Sharpton says, “Wait, wait, wait a sec, you are blowing this out of proportion. We’re not anti-police at all.” Listen to Reverend Sharpton.

SHARPTON (CLIP): We’re not saying all police are bad. We’re not even saying most are bad. We’re not anti-police. But we’re anti-brutality and the federal government must have a threshold to protect that. Second, the Justice Department must have a division funded to deal with this. Thirdly, we must have the power of special prosecutors, not the local prosecutors.

MORRIS: So does that square with you? You’re not anti-police, but you’re calling to kill cops.

CARLSON: Well the guy has no idea what he is talking about.

MORRIS: And you’re anti-brutality too.

CARLSON: If you take seriously what he said, you can’t even understand it. It just doesn’t make any sense

Cheney Throws Bush Under The Bus On Torture Program

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Former VP Dick Cheney (R -Utah) | AP Photo – Manuel Balce Ceneta

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Fox News anchor Bret Baier asked the former vice president whether the agency deliberately kept Bush in the dark about its so-called enhanced interrogation techniques.

“Not true. Didn’t happen,” Cheney responded. “Read his book, he talks about it extensively in his memoirs. He was in fact an integral part of the program, he had to approve it before we went forward with it.”

Asked if there was ever a point where he knew more about the CIA’s activity than the President, Cheney said “I think he knew everything he needed to know and wanted to know about the program.”

Baier then asked if the former President knew about the “details” of the program. The report — which Cheney called “full of crap” — described brutal interrogation methods including waterboarding, extensive sleep deprivation, threats to harm detainees’ families and “rectal feeding.”

“I think he knew certainly the techniques, we did discuss the techniques,” Cheney said. “There was no effort on our part to keep him from that.”

“The notion that the committee’s trying to peddle, that somehow the agency was operating on a rogue basis, and we weren’t being told or the President wasn’t being told, is just a flat out lie,” he later added.

Tucker Carlson: Ban Satanic holiday displays because Christian nativities are ‘reality’

Fox News host Tucker Carlson (screen grab)

Fox News host Tucker Carlson (screen grab)

:::My head literally hurts from listening to statements from this man’s closed mind:::

The Raw Story

Fox News host Tucker Carlson argued over the weekend that a Satanist holiday display should be banned from the Florida state Capitol where a Christian nativity had been erected because they did not practice a “legitimate religion.”

Last week, the Satanic Temple won the right to place a display of an angel burning in hell alongside other holiday displays in the Florida Capitol building after officialsinitially rejected it, saying the Satanic message was “grossly offensive during the holiday season.”

“I’m assuming that there aren’t a ton of Satanists in Tallahassee,” Carlson told Bible Based Church Pastor Darrick McGhee on Saturday. “I’m assuming there really aren’t any at all, and this is purely an attempt to stick a finger in the eye of Christians in Florida.”

“So the rationale here is that Satanism is legitimate religion,” the Fox News host complained.

McGhee explained that the Satanic Temple had met the guidelines set by Florida’s Department of Management Services.

“They must be pretty stupid guidelines,” Carlson quipped, later adding that Satanist should have chosen any of the “51 other weeks in the year.”

“Just to be totally clear, you would not have an objection if a Jewish group or a Muslim group or a Baha’i group or something legitimate other religion wanted a display in the state capitol, would you?” Carlson wondered.

“No objection whatsoever,” McGhee agreed.

“I mean, this is just an inability to draw reasonable distinctions between reality and what is a pretty offensive prank,” Carlson concluded.

Watch the video below from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Dec. 7, 2014.

GOP caught in own Benghazi scandal: Why they downplayed objections to House report

GOP caught in own Benghazi scandal: Why they downplayed objections to House report

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Salon

Ever since the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence released its report on the 2012 Benghazi attacks, Republicans and conservatives have been fuming over the fact that the GOP-led committee shot down pretty much every dark accusation of misconduct and/or deliberate wrongdoing that they’ve leveled at the Obama administration. Republicans in the Senate have been openly critical of the report and the committee members who authored it, with some (like Rand Paul) going so far as to implicate the committee in a scheme to protect the White House and cover up the “truth” about Benghazi.

Now some Republican members of the HPSCI are venting to Fox News and complaining about committee chairman Mike Rogers’ handling of the investigation. And their complaints are hilarious:

While House committee members have remained mostly silent, due to the secretive nature of the committee, some have complained to House Speaker John Boehner about the proceedings for months. Among the concerns was that Rogers was focusing strictly on the debate over the changed so-called “talking points” — the administration’s flawed narrative of the attack that initially blamed a protest over an anti-Islam film. Other Republicans on the committee, though, wanted the focus to be broader.

Anyone who’s been following the Benghazi story knows that for Republicans and conservatives, the “talking points” are the issue. The whole notion of a Benghazi “scandal” has been boiled down to whether the administration edited a series of talking points in such a way as to deliberately obscure the true nature of the attack. The conservative press has focused obsessively on them. The reason House Republicans created the special committee to investigate Benghazi in the first place was because they were angry that the White House had not turned over documents related to those talking points. Now that the HPSCI has found that there was no improper tinkering with the available intelligence, Republicans on the committee are claiming to be “frustrated” that Rogers focused on the issue.

And then there’s this fun little nugget from the Fox News report:

Frustrations with Rogers have been boiling for more than a year, but nobody wanted to openly question the chairman with a midterm election looming, fearing it would give the media the chance to focus on Republican infighting rather than the issues.

I’m sympathetic to the Republican desire to win elections, but they’ve spent the past two years describing Benghazi as Obama’s Watergate, Iran-Contra, and Teapot Dome wrapped in one. If they felt that the committee tasked with investigating this historic and earth-shaking scandal was doing a poor job of it, but sat on those concerns because they didn’t want to create a damaging media narrative ahead of an election, then they’re guilty of doing exactly what they’ve accused the administration of doing. They saw their colleagues failing at this critical task, but hushed it up owing to political concerns. My god – it’s downright scandalous!

If that is the case, then it’s incumbent upon John Boehner to form a special committee to investigate the House Intelligence Committee’s coverup of potentially damaging information ahead of an election. The truth has to come out. (Emphasis are mine: KS)

Bill O’Reilly: St. Louis Rams who protested aren’t “smart enough to know what they’re doing”

Bill O'Reilly: St. Louis Rams who protested aren't "smart enough to know what they're doing"

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Salon

The clip is almost too infuriating to watch

Conservatives have a fraught relationship with the concept of stupidity. When Jonathan Gruber referenced the stupidity of the American people, conservative media blew a collective gasket. Meanwhile, pundits attribute any disagreement with Dems to the opposing party’s lack of education, or amazing ignorance. On Monday evening’s edition of “The O’Reilly Factor,” Bill O’Reilly criticized the St. Louis Rams for choosing to run on to the field on Sunday in the “Hands up, don’t shoot” position in honor of Michael Brown. It isn’t that the players are appalled by police brutality and the systematic criminalization of minorities, said O’Reilly. Rather, the host argues, they aren’t even smart enough to know what’s going on.

“Look, you’ve got crazy people on all sides, Bill,” said Juan Williams, arguing with the host’s opinion that anyone who assumes the “Hands up, don’t shoot” position thinks thatall police are hunting down all minorities. “But if you think that those football players identify and say, ‘Oh, all cops are bad?’ That is not true.”

“No,” O’Reilly responds with the utmost condescension. “Quite frankly, I don’t think they’re smart enough to know what they’re doing. I don’t. I absolutely don’t think they’re smart enough to know what they’re doing.”

Watch the full clip HERE, if only because it is particularly gratifying to see Mary Katherine Ham and Juan Williams totally disgusted with O’Reilly throughout the segment.

10 things you need to know today: November 24, 2014

A pedestrian walks between police barricades near Ferguson, Missouri. 

A pedestrian walks between police barricades near Ferguson, Missouri. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

The Week

Ferguson braces for a grand jury’s verdict, Obama says Hillary would make a “great president,” and more

1. Grand jury resumes Ferguson deliberations as police brace for reaction
Protests continued near Ferguson, Missouri, as a grand jury was set to resume deliberations on whether to file charges against Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in August. Police, state troopers, and the National Guard are bracing for reactions to the grand jury verdict, which is believed to be imminent. President Obama on Sunday called for calm, saying that race relations are improving in the U.S. “First and foremost,” he said, “keep protests peaceful.” [CBS News, Fox News]

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2. Obama says Hillary would be “a great president”
President Obama said Sunday that Hillary Clinton, his former secretary of State, would make “a great president” if she decided to make another bid for the White House in 2016. Obama said on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos that he would be willing to help the next Democratic nominee but suggested he would not do much campaigning, stepping back as George W. Bush did in John McCain’s 2008 campaign. Obama likened himself to a dinged up “used car,” saying Americans are going to want “that new car smell.” [The Christian Science Monitor, Fox News]

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3. Israeli Cabinet approves proposal defining Israel as the Jewish homeland
Israel’s Cabinet on Sunday backed controversial legislation declaring the country to be “the nation-state of the Jewish people.” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the law, which now goes to lawmakers, gives equal emphasis to Israel’s religious and democratic nature, and is necessary to counter challenges to Israel’s status as the homeland of the Jewish people. Opponents, including members of two parties in the centrist coalition, said the law would undermine the government’s relations with Israel’s Arab minority and international allies. [The Jerusalem Post]

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4. Tunisian presidential candidates head for runoff
Tunisia’s interim president, Moncef Marzouki, and former prime minister Beji Caid Essebsi led the field in the country’s first free and democratic presidential election on Sunday, but neither appeared to have won the outright majority needed to avoid a runoff. Essebsi, 87, had led in polls for months, and his secular party Nidaa Tounes won the biggest bloc in October’s parliamentary elections. Marzouki’s aides said he led the presidential balloting. Official results are expected in a day or two. [The Washington Post]

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5. Deadliest insurgent bombing of the year kills 50 in Afghanistan
At least 50 people were killed Sunday when a suicide bomber attacked a crowd at a volleyball gamein eastern Afghanistan, local authorities said Monday. Another 63 people were wounded, many of them children. The death toll was the highest from an insurgent attack in Afghanistan this year. Most of the victims were civilians, although eight members of the local paramilitary police force were among the dead. [The Associated Press, The New York Times]

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6. China builds an airstrip in contested islands
China appears to be stoking regional tensions by building an island in a contested part of the South China Sea that could hold an airstrip, according to an analysis of satellite imagery by IHS Jane’s, a leading defense publication. Dredges also appear to be creating a seaport big enough to accommodate tankers and warships among the Spratly Islands between Vietnam and the Philippines that are claimed by China, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam. [Fox News]

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7. Cleveland boy with BB gun dies after being shot by police
A 12-year-old boy who had been holding a realistic-looking air gun died Sunday hours after being shot by a Cleveland police officer. The officer was responding to a call in which a witness said someone — “probably a juvenile” — was scaring people outside a recreation center by pointing a gun at them, although the caller said the weapon was “probably fake.” The responding officers ordered the boy to put his hands up and fired when, they said, he reached for the BB gun instead. [Cleveland.com]

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8. Buffalo residents urged to prepare to evacuate as snow melts
Residents of flood-prone parts of the Buffalo area have been told to prepare for flooding as up to seven feet of snow that fell last week melts as the weather warms. Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged people to “err on the side of caution” and prepare to evacuate, moving valuables out of the basement and packing a bag in case they have to leave. Temperatures in the area are expected to rise to nearly 60 degrees on Monday, and rainfall on Sunday added to the potential for rising water. [NBC News]

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9. Tour bus overturns in California, killing one
One person was killed and dozens injured on Sunday when a tour bus crashed and overturned in California, about 100 miles south of the Oregon border. Earlier in the same trip, the bus, which was headed from Los Angeles to Washington state, had struck a Denny’s restaurant, although there were no injuries in that accident. Investigators said evidence at both crash sites suggested that driver fatigue might have been a factor. [CTV News]

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10. Azalea wins an American Music Award for her debut rap album
Newcomer Iggy Azalea won her first American Music Award for favorite rap/hip-hop album on Sunday, beating out seasoned stars Eminem and Drake to win for her debut album, The New Classic. “This award is the first award I’ve ever won in my entire life,” the 24-year-old Australian rapper said, “and it means so much to me that it is for best hip-hop because that’s what inspired me to move to America and pursue my dreams.” One Direction and Katy Perry were the biggest winners with three each. [The Associated Press]

Fox Doc: Quit Calling Me A ‘Narcissist’ For My ‘Psychiatric Analysis’ Of Obama!

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Fox News Contributor Keith Ablow | AP Photo/Ted Fitzgerald

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“As a psychiatrist, news commentator, and medical professional, my analysis is accurate. I stand by what I have said,” said Ablow, the biggest race hustler on Fox News. “Psychiatrists are uniquely situated to comment on political figures, and the interface of politics and psychology is improved by psychological analysis.”

The statement (posted below) was emailed Friday to TPM by public relations guru Ronn Torossian, who said it was in “response to biased national wire stories.” It seems that it was a profile published Thursday by the Associated Press that rankled Ablow.

The AP’s David Bauder opened the piece by noting the unusual nature of Ablow’s shtick. Bauder wrote that Ablow, the star of the Fox News Medical A-Team, has diagnosed President Obama “as a man with abandonment issues dating back to his upbringing, a person with a victim’s mentality who secretly identifies more with Africa than America.”

“There’s no evidence that Ablow has actually treated the president,” Bauder continued. “Yet the Fox News Channel analyst freely mixes psychiatric assessments with political criticism, a unique twist in the realm of cable news commentary that some medical colleagues find unethical.”

The article left Ablow pretty steamed and apparently mad enough to fire back with an angry missive. His statement was littered with self-serving references to his credentials, and denunciations of “Obama’s America.” In other words, it was vintage Ablow.

“The CIA, FBI and law enforcement authorities worldwide employ psychiatrists to profile world leaders,” Ablow said, defending what Bauder had characterized as his “armchair analyses” of President Obama.

Ablow said that media reports indicated that “the 2012 President Obama campaign” had actually hired “a team of behavioral scientists, including psychologists, to work on his campaign – for which they signed non-disclosure agreements.”

Ablow asserted that his commentary has been “entirely accurate.”

“President Obama provided the data for my commentary through his statements and actions,” he said.

More from Ablow’s statement:

As a medical professional it is readily apparent that a President who tours the world apologizing for America, who was part of a church in which the pastor preached “God damn America!” and who admonished American entrepreneurs that they did not build their own businesses is a President who has issues with the nation of which he is President. The use of selected and edited comments of mine to attempt to “shoot the messenger” is an unfair attempt to impair my credibility.

Ablow also took aim at a person he described as his “nemesis,” Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, the chairman of psychiatry at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, who was quoted in the AP’s story.

“It is shameful and unfortunate that he is given a platform by Fox News or any other media organization,” Lieberman said. “Basically he is a narcissistic self-promoter of limited and dubious expertise.”

Ablow didn’t take kindly to that.

“Lieberman condemned me as a ‘narcissistic self-promoter,’ yet he has never interviewed me,” Ablow said. ” From where does this analysis come?”

“My commentary is accurate,” he said in closing, “and I will continue to speak truth to power.”

“As a psychiatrist, news commentator, and medical professional, my analysis isaccurate. I stand by what I have said. Psychiatrists are uniquely situated to comment on political figures, andthe interface of politics and psychology is improved by psychological analysis.The CIA, FBI and law enforcement authorities worldwide employ psychiatrists to profile world leaders. Bestselling books have been written by mental health professionals profiling world leaders. Media reports indicate that the 2012 President Obama campaign hired a team of behavioral scientists, including psychologists, to work on his campaign – for which they signed non-disclosure agreements.

While some may be offended by my commentary, it is, nevertheless entirely accurate.
President Obama provided the data for my commentary through his statements and actions.

As a medical professional it is readily apparent that a President who tours the world apologizing for America, who was part of a church in which the pastor preached “God damn America!” and who admonished American entrepreneurs that they did not build their own businesses is a President who has issues with the nation of which he is President. The use of selected and edited comments of mine to attempt to “shoot the messenger” is an unfair attempt to impair my credibility.

I am apparently joined by my nemesis Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman in rejecting the APA position that psychiatrists ought not comment on public figures. Lieberman condemned me as a “narcissistic self-promoter,” yet he has never interviewed me. From where does this analysis come?

My commentary is accurate, and I will continue to speak truth to power.”

Fox News Admits GOP Is Trying To Increase Obamacare Premiums, Then Tries To Cover It Up

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Think Progress

Fox News admitted on Tuesday that a conservative-led lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act would raise health care premiums for millions of Americans. But then in its on-screen chyron, the network sought to attribute the increases not to the litigants involved in the case, but to President Obama, potentially confusing viewers.

“Could legal challenges to taxpayer subsidies put Obamacare in a death spiral?” Fox host Bill Hemmer asked, pointing to “a new study funded by the Department of Health and Human Services saying the health care law may be damaged beyond repair if you take the subsidies away, if they’re eliminated.”

Ongoing lawsuits are challenging the legality of providing subsidies through health insurance marketplaces in states that refused to set up their own exchanges. If those legal challenges succeed, the analysis that Hemmer is referencing — which comes from the RAND Corporation — did in fact conclude that premiums in those states could increase by as much as 43.3 percent. RAND’s researchers found that if federal subsidies to federally-run exchanges are ruled to be illegal, millions of people would have to pay more for coverage and could leave the risk pool, leading to a death spiral in which only the sickest people remain insured. Enrollment would fall by 68 percent and 11.3 million Americans could become uninsured.

Hemmer and Fox contributor Byron York huffed and puffed about the dangers of such a ruling, calling it “colossal” — despite the fact that the suits have been filed by conservatives, are supported by Republican lawmakers, and have been reported on favorably by the network in the past. The National Review has called the lawsuits and “ingenious” way to halt Obamacare. Fox, celebrated the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling against the administration on July 22 by pronouncing, “one by one they’re getting chipped away so it’s starting to collapse.”

And although the price increases are a direct result of a negative ruling, Fox News ran the story under the chyron “sticker shock again for some Obamacare enrollees as premiums set to rise,” implying that the law’s backers would be responsible.

So far, an appellate court in Virginia has ruled that the subsidies were legal, but a three-judge panel on the D.C. circuit disagreed. The full D.C. court is expected to reverse that decision, however, eliminating the circuit split and reducing the possibility that the Supreme Court will take up the matter. Another ruling against the law is still working its way through the legal system.

The administration contends that even though the law does not explicitly state that federally-run exchanges are to offer subsidies for coverage, the intent of its framers — as well as its other provisions about achieving “near-universal coverage” and financial security from medical bankruptcy — strongly imply that such credits must be made available.

Shep Smith Offers The Anti-Fox Take On Ebola: Take A Deep Breath, Everything’s Fine (VIDEO)

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Occasionally,  Shepard Smith emerges from the Fox News bubble and tells his audience the truth.  Yesterday was one such day…

TPM Livewire

It’s hard to say if he was addressing his viewers or his colleagues.

After all, Smith’s network has been a reliable source of hysteria and misinformation on the outbreak. Only a couple hours before Smith tried to provide a voice of reason, Fox anchor Jon Scott almost seemed disappointed when an infectious disease expert didn’t go along with the Ebola scaremongering.

Before Scott’s breathless interview, the gang on “Outnumbered” pilloried U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden for supposedly withholding important information about the outbreak.

“How could he not?” asked an indignant Stacey Dash, the former “Clueless” star who’s now a Fox regular.

Similarly, Judge Jeannine Piro contended last week that the government wasn’t playing it straight on the crisis.

“Tell us the truth for once,” Piro thundered on her weekend program.

So it was hard not to interpret Smith’s “fact-dissemination exercise” as both an effort to talk his colleagues off the ledge and to swat down their baseless accusations.

“Suggestions have been made publicly that leaders and medical professionals may be lying to us,” Smith said. “Those suggestions are completely without basis in fact. There is no evidence of any kind of which we at Fox News are aware that leaders have lied about anything regarding Ebola.”

Watch Smith’s statement here:

 

Fox Host, Ted Olson Gang Up On Tony Perkins In Gay Marriage Debate (VIDEO)

Perkins continued to harp on the “natural established boundaries for marriage.”

“What are you suggesting? That there’s going to by polygamy, that people are going to be marrying their aunt, their pets?” Wallace asked.

“I didn’t say that,” Perkins responded, again bringing up “boundaries.”

“Alright, you and your wife live happily in this house.There’s a same-sex couple living here. What’s the damage to you?” Wallace then asked.

Perkins replied by bringing up wedding vendors put out of business by refusing to serve gay couples.

“It’s a different issue,” Wallace retorted.

 

Watch the debate via Raw Story: